October 2021

 

 










BPW Connection | NEWSLETTER
October 2021


Suzi Youngberg
 


Greetings Upper Keys Business and Professional Women!
Happy Fall, y'all! It's October, time for pumpkin spice everything and Halloween. And, for those people who are really rushing things, Christmas decorations. I've always been a big fan of Halloween because it's one time when it's socially acceptable for adults to act like children by dressing in costume! And, there is candy!
We have a lot going on at Upper Keys BPW. I hope to see you all on Wednesday, October 20th, for the Woman & Business of the Year Presentation. I am personally honored and humbled to be counted among those other seven women - every single one of them amazing, strong, influential women in our community. And, don't forget the Business of the Year nominees, again all amazing women owned/operated businesses. Who will it be? Join us Wednesday night to find out!
On Wednesday, we will also be awarding our Fall Scholarships to a couple of deserving recipients. And, the Member Business Expo will give members a chance to showcase their businesses to the membership for only $100, with the proceeds going to the Adult Scholarship Program. We have six participants so far, with spaces still available. Message me or any of the Board for more information. (bpwuppperkeys@gmail.com.)
October is breast cancer awareness month. Wear pink to the event on Wednesday and please get your mammograms.
With love and gratitude,

Suzi Youngberg
UKBPW President 2021-22
305-393-6830






Join us for the October Evening Event

October 20th 6-8 PM at Whale Harbor Restaurant!

Cost is $25/person -

Includes appetizers and one complimentary cocktail.

**ONLINE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS & PAYMENTS PLEASE**

AWARDING:

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR!

ADULT SCHOLARSHIPS!

FEATURING:

BPW MEMBER EXPO!

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS!

To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we will be collecting donations for American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer during the October 20th event at Whale Harbor - buy a raffle ticket for a brand new car!

Join the Upper Keys BPW Team and commit to walk in your neighborhood on October 23rd or 24th.  JOIN OUR TEAM

Showcase Your Business at the
BPW Member EXPO

Spaces still available!

Wednesday, October 20

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Whale Harbor, Islamorada

Here's your opportunity to promote your business or organization to your fellow BPW members and guests in person! In addition to the EXPO, our October event will feature our annual Woman of the Year/Business of the Year awards - always one of our best-attended events.  Your sponsorship is guaranteed to get your business noticed

Proceeds benefit the Adult Scholarship Program.

ONLY $100

CLICK TO LEARN MORE

Email bpwupperkeys@gmail.com or contact any Board Member to participate in the Expo.

Thanks to our Member Expo Sponsors (so far) - 

Travel Resources Group

Florida Bay Forever

Upper Keys Marine Construction

Florida Small Business Development Center at FIU 

Olive Morada

Living Springs Counseling

*SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!*



CONSTITUTION DAY, OCTOBER 26TH

PRESENTED BY:

UPPER KEYS LEAGE OF WOMEN VOTERS & UPPER KEYS BPW

Join us for a Virtual Celebration of the Constitution. 



"Tell Me Something Good!" 

Let's start our day by sharing something good that is happening, has happened or will happen. Can be personal and/or professional related as long it is positive.  Zoom link provided after RSVP.

November 3rd

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Coffee Talk with the Upper Keys BPW, first Wednesday of every month.

RSVP NOW


MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

November Luncheon - November 17th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Bakers Cay

December Coffee Talk - December 1, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM, Virtual

December Holiday Party - December 15th, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Location TBA



Professional Development Series | Upcoming Sessions

Stay tuned for more Professional Development workshops coming soon. 

Were you able to attend the last workshop with Melinda Van Fleet?  

The video is now available!


















The Luncheon at Baker's Cay in September turned out so well! We were worried about gathering as the virus was resurging, but with masks, social distancing, and boxed lunches with the choice to eat on site after the program or take away at the end, everyone felt comfortable. Our speaker was  Chuck Licis-Masson from Take Stock in Children, sponsor was Centennial Bank, and the charity was Good Health Clinic.







NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERS


New Members -  

Amanda Matos, U.S. Coast Guard 
Holly Redding, Regan Roth Insurance Agency 
Christina Sarmiento, Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce 


Renewing Members -

Dorothy Harden, Dorothy J. Harden, Attorney at Law 
Jill Kuehnert, Seed Stories, LLC // Lucky Fish Scuba LLC 
Jacqueline Rodriguez, Greenscape Landscape Maintenance Corp 
Katherine Rubio, Seminole Theatre 
Lynda Weinstein, Florida Keys Children's Shelter 
Suzi Youngberg, MarrVelous Pet Rescues



Ask about the benefits of being a member!  bpwupperkeys@gmail.com






Member Spotlight | Meet the Candidates for Woman & Business of the Year (and what their nominators said about them)

KATE BANICK

In the midst of a pandemic, she has supported the community over and above.  Staying on top of the ever changing virus information including determining what the best testing methods were, to providing and administering vaccinations to the entire community, not just our patients.

Her leadership style is strong. She is persistent and therefore accomplishes multitudes of duties.    

Many things about her are inspiring. She really knows how to talk to people. All people.     

Her actions during the pandemic provided resources (many times before you could receive them elsewhere locally) to keep our community safe.    

I just think she's the greatest.  


BETSY BASTE

Betsy has been championing for our community by providing services for seniors through The JOY Center, with weekly activities and the potential to provide a senior center available to all. Her enthusiasm and leadership is an inspiration to us all.

Betsy empowers others to take charge and contribute. She enlists volunteers to teach classes for "Just Older Youth" and seeks out funding to provide training on computer devices for those who need help with their phones, laptops, iPads, etc.

Her attitude and inspiration inspires others to do more. Her selflessness is contagious and those who listen to her join her in making this senior center and senior services a reality.

She has given our Just Older Youth a place to gather, learn, exercise, and provide nutritional information. The facilities are open just one day a week, but she is driven to find a permanent home for the senior center where the services can be offered full time. This is something that the community needs and she is working hard to make it happen.

Her smile and determination are inspiring! She has been working on this for years and will not go away until we succeed. We need this in our community and should all help make it a reality.


CYNTHIA GNEISER


Cynthia simply deserves to be recognized for the woman she is.    

Cynthia leads with empathy and great care. She recognizes her weakness but does not give up. She leads by working hard but also knows how to play hard. Cynthia listens, takes advice into consideration, is honest and truly wants the best for her team, her clients and her family.     

Her belief in empowering women and her belief in the good of the world are inspiring. She stands strong during difficult times and finds the strength to balance her personal and professional life. To be honest, I don't know how she does it, Go Cynthia!   

Cynthia has a strong belief in empowering women. When you talk to her she has the capacity to empathise and she sure knows how to make lemonade out of lemons. Her smile is contagious and her worldly experience makes her different, in an grande way.     

When I attend the UKBPW Coffee Chats she leads, her presence makes the difference. She turns a sad happening into a positive learning experience.    


PATRICIA MILIAN